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Brotherly Game Daily Links: The Ilsinho Game

How the Union got soccer superstars to speak with the academy team, Champions League mini tournament proposed and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

OTD 2019: The Ilsinho Game
One year ago the world was fully introduced to Ilsinho as he sparked one of the most memorable comebacks in Philadelphia Union history to defeat the rival New York Red Bulls.

How the Union got Christian Pulisic, Kaká, and Fernandinho to do Zoom chats with their prospects during the coronavirus lockdown
From the academy to the USL team, the Union’s coaching staff has an impressive Rolodex. They’ve been putting it to use during the coronavirus lockdown.

Mark McKenzie: You’re either for or against racism
Like many fellow Black players around MLS, Philadelphia Union defender Mark McKenzie took to social media after George Floyd was killed, voicing his perspective during nationwide protests against racism and police brutality.

U.S. Soccer News

Amazon acquires rights to feature film about USMNT legend Tim Howard
The movie will be produced by Mark Ciardi’s Select Films and will cover Howard’s early career, culminating with his first season at Manchester United in 2003-04.

Johnson to leave Borussia Monchengladbach at end of season
Gladbach confirmed on Monday that Johnson’s contract will not be renewed this summer after a mutual agreement between the club and player. Johnson will be allowed to search for a new club this summer after six years with the German club.

Rest of the World News

Champions League mini-tournament proposed, Lisbon a contender - sources
Istanbul continues to be under consideration, sources have told ESPN, but Germany and Portugal are now the most likely options to stage the conclusion of the competition.